A Woman's Voice

Book Reviews ~ Pebbles (different faces of life)

Pebbles by Author Madhu Kalyan and Gunjan Vyes

First of all, I love the cover of this book. It very much suits the contents of this lovely and thought-provoking book. “Pebbles” is a wonderful compilation of short stories which is sure to tug at the reader’s heartstrings. They certainly tugged at mine. Each one is a separate story sharing a personal experience, some true…some fictional, and how each affected the writer’s life. For example, The Imperfect Father”, is the story of a college student by the name of Moksha who has been raised by a deaf and dumb father, Das. When he goes with her for a parent teacher interview, he handles himself very well. However, a fellow female student of his daughter, decides to shame her while mocking him and his physical disabilities. The next day when Moksha returns to school she is ganged up on and humiliated by several other students. She cannot handle the pain and decides to commit suicide. You will not want to miss this heart wrenching story to discover for yourself if she succeeds in taking her own life or not and the devastating consequences of her actions. Moksha soon realizes “No one is perfect in this world and the one that accepts his weaknesses with grace and courage is a true hero.”

There are several more stories just wanting to reach out and grab at your heartstrings. I was very moved by the true love story between Fatima and Steve. I can vividly picture Fatima sitting on the bench in the park patiently waiting for Steve’s return…the love of her life…the one and only as there could never be another. And then, there is Ramu…a young boy of approximately ten years old and the conversation he has in the hospital with a perfect stranger. His sister has cancer and he has no idea what cancer is and the life threatening danger it poses. His innocence will bring tears to your eyes.

I could go on and on and tell the gist of each story but it would be pointless to describe each one in detail and the affect they had on me because that would steal from your own enjoyment of reading each of them for yourself. I can only recommend and strongly suggest that you read this little gem of a book with all its captivating short stories and find your own pleasure in their messages. I am sure they will touch your heart in much the same way they have touched mine.

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte


Book Reviews ~ A Woman’s Voice ~ Inspirational Short Stories

Once I started this book I simply could not put it down! The author has written a beautifully crafted masterpiece for the minds of us all today. This beautiful book is full of deep and thought provoking quotes and anecdotes throughout, which served to remind me how much better we can all live our lives.

One of the lovely short stories that truly touched me in this delightful book was about the day the author went walking alone as her husband was mowing their daughters garden. Whilst on this walk she noticed a white envelope lying on the ground. She picked it up and looked around for it’s owner, but to no avail. She held the envelope in her hand openly and transparently for all to see, in the hope that someone would spot it and come forward. This was not the case, so she continued walking and saw a mother with her children in a phone box nearby, she walked up to the woman and asked if she was Gina, the woman replied no. So the author started to walk away, and then the woman called out, “What did you want Gina for?” And the author said she found a letter with her name on it, the woman had a look of pure relief displaced across her whole face as she started to explain to the author, that Gina was her nanny and she had lost an envelope containing $200. The author smiled and handed over the envelope.

This story was very similar to one of my stories of the past. I too had found a lot of money and handed it in. And I was informed later that the owner had received it and was most grateful. I remember the great satisfaction I had too felt that day. This is such a beautiful book. It makes you truly think about your own actions each and every day and how they can affect your life and those close to you. Like the author says in the beginning of the book, she merely wants to come across as a whisper in your ear and she does just that. A whisper that will always remain.

A must read for anyone looking for inspiration in their lives. If I am totally honest here, I did not think I needed any inspiration at all as I am very happy with my life, but then on reading this delightful book I was reminded of a few things I had forgotten myself. And for that I thank this wonderful author.

by Author Dawn Torrens

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